Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Jesus' prayer for us

Something a bit different today. A passage to meditate on and ask God how it applies to you. It is part of Jesus' prayer to God the Father in John 17. I suggest that as you read this scripture, have a pen and paper near by and write down what God says to you. He loves you and He loves all He created. He wants to see every person reconciled and restored back to Himself, living life abundantly - in Jesus Name.

I have given and delivered to them Your word (message) and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world [do not belong to the world], just as I am not of the world. 

I do not ask that You will take them out of the world, but that You will keep and protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world (worldly, belonging to the world), [just] as I am not of the world. 

Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth. Just as You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 

And so for their sake and on their behalf I sanctify (dedicate, consecrate) Myself, that they also may be sanctified (dedicated, consecrated, made holy) in the Truth. 

Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching. 

That they all may be one [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.

I have given to them the glory and honour which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one; I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognise that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.

John 17:14-23 AMP

And one more passage to meditate on ....

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lamp-stand and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble and good deeds and recognise and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16 AMP

Our world needs to see God's light.

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